USA is not America

Indeed, U.S.A. is not America!

America is the name of a whole continent. United States of America means that the United States belongs to America and NOT that America belongs to the United States. So, next time you want to refer to The United States of America, you can do it as U.S. or the States or whatever you want but not as only America. Gotcha?

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How should I use the term America then?

Here we will show you some wrong and correct uses of the term America:

  • This is how we do it in America.
  • This is how we do it in the States.
  • America is my country and I love it.
  • The United States is my country and I love it.
  • America lost the Vietnam war.
  • U.S.A. lost the Vietnam war.
  • Here in America we love Mc Donald's.
  • Here in the U.S. we love Mc Donald's.

Please, note that this page in not about demonyms (gentilics) but about the way to call a country.


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Holly Ross(United States)says...

While "North America" is the continent, in this case, "America" is also a part of our country's name: United States of America. (You're focusing on "of" but America is also part of our name.) However arrogant you regard our use of "America" and "Americans," we decide what to call ourselves. We are NOT United States-ers. We are Americans. Yes, I'm aware that Canada & Mexico are part of the continent of North America, and there are the countries of Central America and South America to consider. However, we're not talking about them. We're talking about a shortened form of our full name. You don't get to decide what we're called or eliminate part of our name.

Holly Ross(United States)says...

If other countries called themselves Brazil America or Peru America (for example), you'd have an argument because then we'd need to distinguish. But the good folks of such countries are happy and PROUD to be known as Brazilians, Peruvians, etc. They don't want to be known as Americans. And furthermore, however you feel about us, we in the United States of America are proud to be known as Americans. Also, why did you drop "America" from "United States" in the pulldown menu of countries? We are the United States of America -- regardless of how you feel about it. Don't eliminate part of our LEGAL name just because it doesn't suit you. Thanks for the opportunity to respond.

Destroyer(Canada)says...

What would the United States be called? if in North America you had Canada of America, United States of America and Mexico of America? and what would the United states citizen be called then?

Destroyer(Canada)says...

Of America is a reference is where The United States is. And if the founding fathers of the Unites States realized that America was as big as it is and that they where in North America then The name would have been called The United States of North America. And using of America as America is not a shorted name. US or USA is shorted form name of The United States of America or actually - The United States of North America.

Amagawa Setsuko(United States)says...

If a Latin American said "I am American," said Latin American wouldn't be wrong. I'm going to call the USA Usonia, from Esperanto Usono.

Red(Mexico)says...

The "America" after "United states of" is only referrering to the whole continent of America, so why would you use America to refer to your country, when it originally and still only stands for the continent? Please tell me where's the highly educated thinking un that? It's simple stuff really.

JED(United States)says...

That is incorrect.The name of the country is United States. Of America is not part of the name, but simply specifying where these United States are. That's why you will find no official title or agency named United States of America Department of ... USA as used by the Army stands for United States Army. It's not USAA.

It's really pathetic we have so many people in this country who call themselves patriots but know little to nothing about its name, history and Constitution.

JED(United States)says...

Of America is not part of the name. United States is not a shortened version. The name is simply United States. You suggest you are highly educated. You are obviously not highly educated in U.S. history. If you were to talk to someone who is highly educated in U.S. history they would tell you that you are wrong.

Amagawa Setsuko(United States)says...

I agree.

Eric Wolfsbane(United States)says...

*****.

If you refer to anyone from one of the other countries in the western hemisphere as an American, they will quickly and vociferously correct you. They will tell they are not Americans, rather they are a proud citizen of the nation they are from.

They do not identify as Americans. They identify as a citizen of their nation. They are proud of their nationality.

There is only one America. The United States of America. The only people who are Americans are citizens of the United States of America.

Amagawa Setsuko(United States)says...

Not if they speak Spanish.

christopher shivers(United States)says...

That’s not true, technically they are American since their country is in the Americas. Like Chinese people are Asian since their country is on the continent of Asia. Whether they like it or not they still are American

Norman fuckin rockwell(Brazil)says...

Have you ever talked to someone from here? Everyone from America are american. And we're don't refuse to be called by "americans" this is something from your mind. Xoxo

Nicosays...

Do (so-called) americans even know who was Américo Vespucio?

Holly Ross(United States)says...

Yes, Nico, we do. We're educated, but thanks for checking.

JED(United States)says...

We aren't as educated as you think. Not correctly anyway. After actually reading the writings of our founding fathers, I learned that we get a dumbed down and innacurate education of our own history for at least our first 12 years of school.

Fritz(United States)says...

America goes beyond the geographic limits of what the worldwide ignorance and what the US people have been calling the United States. In top of that, the US Person, considering themselves as the only Americans.

The latter sounds arrogant, imperialist and racists.

Fritz(United States)says...

The denomination of The Americas to call the whole American continent of its geographical subdivision in North, Central and South America, and to impose the concept of two separated continents as North and South America is the result of the United States' propaganda, cultural transfer and economics influence of the United States worldwide in other be able to hijack the name of "America" for itself as well as to monopolize the name of Americans only for the people of the United States. Unfortunately, a great majority of the the Americans that are borned in the American continent but not in the United States accept and promote this propaganda imposition. This acceptance could be the result of many years of brain wash as a result to the exposure of this propaganda and cultural/economic influence of the US on them. Also to the mental inertia of lack of thinking before opening their mouths.

JED(United States)says...

Actually it started prior to the U.S. even becoming a country. The called the colonies British America or simply America and the residents Americans. By the time we formed our own country it had been used for so long it stuck. I can honestly say I feel that my country is arrogant and feels they should control world, but this is one case that's not actually an example of that.

Actually prior to our federal government getting way too big for their britches and started ignoring their own Constitution people were more commonly called by their state name. The reason being each state was supposed to be sovereign feds are supposed to have very limited power over a handful of very specific things that needed to be uniform among the states. Kind of like the EU was originally intended to be.

Fritz(United States)says...

Wonder since when the United States has been called America? Was the name of America used to refer to the British Colonies in America.

Ur retarded(United States)says...

This is ***** dumb. Most people know that when I call the United States America, I’m only referring to the U.S. What stupid thing to get butt hurt about.

Destroyer(Canada)says...

The name United States of America means that the United States is part of America they help make up America. The key word is "OF" - Of is not is.

You don't see United states is America you see United States of America.

How can something be is and of at the same time?

If you go online and look at the world map you will never see the United States being called just America. But you will see America at the whole continent North,Central and south America.

Now what would The United States of America be called if "of America" was not in the name?

Holly Ross(United States)says...

We're not arrogant. It's part of our name. "United States-er" sounds stupid. So we went with American. Aren't you proud to be a Canadian? We're not trying to claim the whole continent. Sorry, you don't get to mess with our identity.

Destroyer(Canada)says...

I am proud to be "American-Canadian" and I am sure Mexicans are also proud to be "American-Mexicans" as much as you are proud to be a United States citizen. Right

Holly Ross(United States)says...

I'm an American twice over. Once because of my continent and once because of my country ...And proud of both. I'm not a United States citizen. I'm a citizen of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Destroyer(Canada)says...

Isn't everyone from the continent America, Americans.

Cristian Schunke(Argentina)says...

Has anybody heard "Canción con todos", by Mercedes Sosa? It goes... "Canta conmigo, canta, hermano americano" (sing along with me, American brother). I don't think it refers to yankees only. The song is about American brotherhood, from Alaska to Patagonia. The same can be said about Violeta Parra's "Los Pueblos Americanos" (The American people), and hundreds of popular songs.

Davidsays...

You have told us what ‘Americano’ means in Spanish, now please tell us what ‘American’ most commonly means in English. That is the topic of this website, after all. Thanks.

Cristian Schunke(Argentina)says...

The same as in English. Why should a place name have different meanings in different languages? Nationals of "Italia" are "Italianos" in Spanish. Does "Italian" mean "Greek" in English?

Davidsays...

Really? You are going to pretend that the most common meanings of ‘America’ and ‘American’ in English are the same as the most common meanings of ‘América’ and ‘americano’ in Spanish? I think you know this isn’t true. I don’t think you are really so ignorant. You seem to be one of those strange people who pretends to be simple-minded, ignorant, and confused when it comes to the meanings of these words in English. I understand that you probably don’t like these meanings, and that you probably think that they “should” or “have to” be the same as the meanings in Spanish, but why deny the reality of the actual meanings of these words in English? How does acting stupid and making obviously false statements help your argument? If the words didn’t mean what they mean in English, then why would this website exist, and why would you be commenting here?

JED(United States)says...

In English it means someone from North or South America. If you really want you get technical, it refers only to the indigenous people of those continents, because most of us are of European heritage.



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